The most essential part of any AGV solution is the navigation method. This refers to how the AGV move around your facility and know their exact location at all times. The optimal method is specific to the environment in which the AGV will operate.
Axter is a recognised expert in navigation system for AGV. Since its creation Axter has also placed important resources on R&D. 30% of our resources are dedicated to R&D in particular in the field of guidance technologies.
We were the first AGV company to create automated trucks able to leave their wires to perform intakes and drop off of loads using odometry.
Leveraging our proven expertise in odometry, we developed in 1995 the Odoguidance, a guidance system that eliminates wires on the ground using which I will present briefly in this presentation. This simple and cost effective technology, for which we are market leader.
We then developed a guidance system we called Wallo guidance that system makes use of walls or other surfaces to keep the vehicle on track. This method is used normally to automate transport loads along corridors and for loading trucks.
In 2004, we completed successfully our first Laserguidance implementation.
Today, our experience and expertise has enabled to remove all ground infrastructures with the Wallguidance. A new guidance technology using a simple recognition of the environment. This new guidance technology does not require any ground infrastructure and relies on a simple recognition of the environment.
Our AGV system is versatile and different guidance technologies can be mixed according to the operating environments of our clients from open outdoor spaces to extremely narrow aisles to floor level requiring extreme precision.
There are several forms of guidance technologies and selecting the most suitable is sometimes the difference between a successful and an unsuccessful AGV solution.
We have experienced with the following guidance technologies. Our AGV system can combine different navigation technics within the same installation. This gives our customers the benefits of all guidance systems within the same AGV installation.